R.I.P. RICKY HARRIS
Comedian and actor Ricky Harris, who many will remember as Malvo on the sitcom “Everybody Hates Chris” with Chris Rock. Harris died on Monday at the age of 54, with several sources revealing he died of a heart attack.
Harris’ manager, Cindy Ambers, revealed that Harris had also suffered a heart attack two years ago.
The actor made his acting debut in the 1993 drama “Poetic Justice” starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur and, two years later, appeared in the heist film “Heat.” He also appeared on TV series such as “Moesha” and Chris Rock’s “Everybody Hates Chris” and, more recently, on the 2015 dramedy “Dope” and “The Tracy Morgan Show.”
A cause was not immediately available but Harris’ manager, Cindy Ambers, said the comedian suffered a heart attack two years ago, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The son of a preacher, Harris grew up in Long Beach along with childhood friend and rapper Snoop Dogg. The two sang in their church choir.
Harris’ first movie role was in the 1993 drama “Poetic Justice,” starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur. He was also known for voicing characters that appear in Hip Hop albums, including several by Snoop Dogg.
Snoop Dogg posted a video on Instagram about the death of Harris saying the actor was “my big brother, my homeboy” and a “Long Beach original.”
Fellow performers posted condolences on social media.
“Devastated!!! #RIP to the One and Only #RickyHarris,” tweeted Cedric the Entertainer.
Harris is survived by his mother, his ex-wife and two daughters.